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Old 02-07-2011, 08:13 PM   #16
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It's amazing how much stuff our airheads can carry...

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Old 02-07-2011, 11:44 PM   #17
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Toaster. Beautiful. And the 750 runs sweeter and smoother than the much lumpier 1000cc engines. I would trade my R100RS for my old Toaster any day.
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Old 02-08-2011, 03:22 AM   #18
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I'm not into the Mystic's appearance, but that's me. The /5 is definitely of an age where it's hit the bottom (monetarily speaking) and coming back up.

The Mystic may never drop any lower in price considering it's the last of the airheads and one of the most rideable.

So if you're looking at this from an investment viewpoint - looks like a toss up to me. Ride them both and see which one jerks your chain.
Both or either, actually.

The /5 is the beginning of the "modern" BMWs (changeover from the older oldschool /2-line) and the Mystic could be considered the acme of that line (before the journey to the oilie/hexie Darkside).

I like my /5 and will likely ride it til I get obsoleted, but wouldn't mind getting a Mystic for the aesthetics.
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Old 02-08-2011, 04:59 AM   #19
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Hey Redbud. When did ya get the solo seat for the /5 .... I mean dualsport?

Nice pics!

15-20 yrs ago, u going to eastern rendezvous?
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:17 AM   #20
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I had had nothing but BMW's (OK- except for a Honda 450 for about 3 months) when I thought I'd like to buy a new Mystic. I made the mistake of renting one; it was the worst bike I ever sat on. My girlfriend hated it too. I think there must be a reason the production run was so short.

Honest to god- I couldn't believe they let that POS leave the factory.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:36 AM   #21
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I was selling Mystics when they were new. In my short tenure with BMW, it was the transition from Airheads to Robo-Boxers. The Mystics were pretty much the very end of the Airhead line in North America and specifically the USA. I am pretty sure the Airheads continued in G/S trim in other parts of the globe.

If memory serves, I wasn't too hot on them. Strange access to tools; you need a tool to remove the side cover, luggage mounts were a bit fiddly, and other stuff.

Still. It's an air cooled boxer engine. Pretty much the zenith of BMWs many years of air cooled motorcycles. It's not a bad starting point, and I would let one lounge in my garage.

That said, a 75/5 would also be a happy addition to the Church. I love my RS and Das Beast, and the R60/2 is a fine machine, but there is always room for one more airhead.
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Old 02-08-2011, 05:27 PM   #22
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15-20 yrs ago, u going to eastern rendezvous?
Not committed quite yet. I'm leanin that way, as it looks like the dates are gonna work.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:07 PM   #23
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Not committed quite yet. I'm leanin that way, as it looks like the dates are gonna work.
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Old 02-08-2011, 07:41 PM   #24
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If memory serves, I wasn't too hot on them. Strange access to tools; you need a tool to remove the side cover, luggage mounts were a bit fiddly, and other stuff.

The side covers are pull-offs. The tool kit is located in the tail section, under the seat which is secured by allen-screws (I changed mine to butterfly screws). Luggage and the mounts are plastic, similar to those on the K75,100,1100. There is a metal option, I believe.

The Mystic runs 32mm carbs, BTW.
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Old 02-08-2011, 08:04 PM   #25
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I'd get the 75/5 all day every day over the mystic.
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Old 02-08-2011, 10:57 PM   #26
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Old 02-08-2011, 11:02 PM   #27
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I miss my /5 like the dickens............

+1 TOASTERS ROCK! (I'm biased as I used to have one, but hey....)
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:02 AM   #28
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Thanks for the memory bump. Yes, it was the tool kit that needed to be accessed with an allen wrench.

I can count on one hand how many Mystics I have seen in the wild since they were new. I wonder what total production was...
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Old 02-09-2011, 05:21 AM   #29
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I suppose that the same price of the bikes is in the range of $4k - $5k. For me, I like working on my bikes. A few years back I bought a R75/5 for $2k. It didn't need much urgently other than carb cleaning and adjustment. I didn't let that stop me from taking it all apart just because I wanted to do so.

I already have a /6, /7 (77R100RS), and a GS/PD and so I had tools and many relevant spares. I agree with others that have indicated that the /5 will hold value long term better than the Mystic.

Personally, just based on looks and preferences I'd take the /5 over the Mystic.
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Old 02-09-2011, 07:26 AM   #30
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Having owned both for some time I'd say it boils down to this, just my take.

/5 Great, reliable vintage bike. More need for upgrades and parts replacment with if its a higher mileage bike. Excellent touring bike that will hold value.

Mystic..looks and ergos aside as they are subjective...the engine, suspension and brakes are the pinnacle of the airhead design. Great airhead "sport" style bike out of the box. Not as much needed in the way of parts or upgrades since it's a later model but you never know. Lousy for touring and two up riding. Holding value...50/50.

If you only have one bike.../5.

If you are looking for something to diversify the stable and have a 2 up already....coin toss...Mystic or /5.

If you want airhead that performs at a high level in all aspects of riding...Mystic.
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